Tell Me What She Wants, What She Really, Really Wants

12 Nov

In The Well-Educated Mind Susan Wise Bauer lists some general questions to consider for each piece of fiction.  These are the questions we make our way through when we gather together at the end of each novel.  SWB doesn’t answer the questions for each of the 30 pieces of fiction on her list, but she does give some examples pulling from random pieces.

She chose P&P as one of her examples for the following Logic Stage Question:

What does the central character want?  What is standing in his (or her) way?  And what strategy does he (or she) pursue in order to overcome this block?

Before I spill the beans and give SWB’s answer to this question I’d like you to give it some thought.  Here’s the reworded question:

What does Elizabeth Bennet want?  What is standing in her way?

Have you got your answers?  Great – give them to us in the comments. Amy has done a little polling on this subject for me as well, so tomorrow I will combine all the results and post them for discussion.  Then I will tell you what SWB thinks.

I will say this much:  So far, no one has answered the same as our revered guide.


Posted by on November 12, 2011 in Pride and Prejudice, Well-Educated Mind


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5 responses to “Tell Me What She Wants, What She Really, Really Wants

  1. Christine

    November 13, 2011 at 7:22 am

    How many times can I respond?

    Elizabeth wants a mother who doesn’t interfere.
    She wants all her friends and acquaintances to be honest in their interactions/relationships.
    She wants not to be pressured into marriage but allowed to marrry for love.
    She wants her family to act in respectable ways.
    Elizabeth wants people to follow the rules of society, but she also wants to be excused and accepted when she does not follow those same rules.

  2. Jeannette

    November 14, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Thanks to your clever title-making, I have had this stupid song in my head for days.

    • Christina

      November 14, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      So sorry. So, so sorry.


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